LEWIS M. KRANER, a well known agriculturist and prominent citizen of Hopewell township, president of the Mercer
County Mutual Telephone Company, resides on a well cultivated farm of 80 acres, located in section 23, on which
he has placed excellent improvements. Mr. Kraner was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, May 1o, 186o, and is a son
of William H. and Sophia (Crider) Kraner.
Michael Kraner, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Maryland and located in Fairfield County, Ohio, as
one of the early settlers. His parents came to America from Germany. Both parents of Lewis M. Kraner were natives
of Ohio and the father was born in 1832 in Fairfield County, where he still resides.
Lewis M. Kraner was reared in Fairfield County and obtained his education in the local schools and subsequently
at Reynoldsburg and Carroll, Ohio. He then taught school for a short time and also learned telegraphing. It was
while he was an operator for the Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad, that he first became interested in electricity.
His studies led him finally into the telephone business and it was mainly through. his instrumentality that the
excellent telephone system of the Mercer County Mutual Telephone Company was introduced, bringing into this agricultural
community so many conveniences, which have almost become necessities. Ever since the company was organized in 1893,
Mr. Kraner has been its president and practically its manager. He has invented a. number of electrical devices
in connection with telephones and gives much attention to the study of electricity. Formerly he engaged rather
extensively in the raising of registered stock, but latterly his time has been mainly taken up with the work of
the telephone system, although he carries on general farming as before. He is also in great demand among his neighbors
as an auctioneer and cries many sales each year.
In February, 1889, Mr. Kraner was married to Effie D. Klinger, of Mercer County, who is a daughter of the late
George W. and Melinda (Patten) Klinger. Her parents, who were natives of Hocking County, Ohio, were among the earliest
settlers of Hopewell township, Mercer County.
Mr. Kraner is an active member of the Democratic party. He served six years as a justice of the peace in Hopewell
township, and served for two terms as clerk of Violet township, in Fairfield County. Few citizens have a wider
acquaintance in the two counties. In every essential respect, he is a self made man and the success which has come
to him has been the direct result of his own efforts. He enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens
and has a wide circle of warm, personal friends.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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